Statistics compiled by Women’s Aid suggest that 31% women and 18% men have experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16 years. This amounts to 5 million women and 2.9 million men. Since 2008 the Domestic Abuse Working Group (DAWG) at the Bishops’ Conference has been raising awareness about domestic abuse within the Catholic community.
FAMILIAS, the association of diocesan coordinators of marriage and family ministry, are hosting a series of four regional events this Spring to raise awareness of domestic abuse and the challenges of responding appropriately. These are scheduled for Bristol (May 9th), Cardiff (May 10th), London (May 16th) and Stockport (June 13th). Please note that the event organised on May 16th in London has been cancelled.
Nikki Dhillon-Keane, a counsellor with extensive experience of working with victims of domestic abuse, will guide participants through: understanding the prevalence and types of domestic abuse; considering appropriate responses when someone shows signs of domestic abuse; looking at how we might develop local responses in our own dioceses, parishes, schools, communities, networks and organisations.
There will also be an opportunity to learn more about the work of DAWG and other Christian initiatives to address domestic abuse.
Each event runs from 10.00/10.30am until 3.00pm and costs £10 for FAMILIAS members, associates and friends, £20 for others. Booking is essential, please see the poster for details – click on the link below.